Off the Shelves – August 27

The following items are available at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road. For more information on the library’s collection or to reserve a title, visit


“The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop” by Steve Osborne

Steve Osborne has entertained thousands through the telling of his hilarious, profane and touching tales from 20 years as an NYPD street cop. Osborne has seen a thing or two — some harmless, some definitely not. In “Stakeout,” he and his partner mistake a dentist for a robbery suspect and reduce the man to a puddle of snot and tears during questioning. In “Mug Shot,” the mother of a suspected criminal makes a strange request and provides a reminder of the humanity at stake in his profession. In “Home,” the image of his family provides the adrenaline needed when assaulted by two armed and violent crackheads. From his days as a rookie cop to the time spent patrolling in the Anti-Crime Unit, Osborne’s stories capture the absurdity and the bravery of police work.


“The Fixer” by Joseph Finder

When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancée and apartment, his only option is to move back into — and renovate — the home of his youth, now empty and in decay since his father’s stroke sent him to the nursing home.

As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes a discovery: millions of dollars hidden in the walls, enough money to transform Rick’s life. The more of his father’s hidden past Rick brings to light, the more dangerous the present becomes. Soon, he finds himself on the run from deadly enemies desperate to keep the past buried.

Only solving the mystery of his cold and distant father can save Rick.

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“Identity Crisis: The Murder, the Mystery, and the Missing DNA” by Jefferson Bass

In 1978, 56-year-old Leoma Patterson left a bar in Clinton, Tennessee, and was never seen again.

Six months later, skeletal bones were found consistent with those of the missing woman, and one of Patterson’s daughters recognized a ring found at the scene. Years later, a relative confessed to killing her. Case closed. But the identification, made before DNA testing, failed to convince others. And so it was that in 2005, anthropologist Bill Bass found himself on his way to the mountainside grave, where he would unearth the remains and collect DNA samples. The forensic twists and turns that follow test the limits of DNA technology and of Dr. Bass’s forensic knowledge.